Protesting against Asuu strike, Student Locks Federal and State Secretariats in Plateau
Students from several educational institutions in Plateau State, acting under the banner of the National Association of Nigerian Students, went on strike on Monday and locked out federal and state personnel.
The enraged students were protesting the Academic Staff Union of Universities’ continuing countrywide strike, which was taking place at the time.
Around 8 a.m., the students gathered in front of the National Library, which is located along the always-busy Yakubu Gowon Way in Jos. Later, they marched to the federal secretariat, which is located within the Tudun Wada community and locked the gate, preventing workers from entering and trapping those who were already inside in their offices.
Following many hours of closing down the entrance of the federal headquarters in Jos, government workers informed reporters on Monday that the students marched to the adjoining state secretariat and closed down the gate there as well.
Civil servants said:
“I left my house in the morning to my office at the Federal Secretariat but when I got to the gate, I saw many young men and women with placards singing solidarity songs. I was afraid to go in. When I enquired what was happening, I discovered that they are students.
“They said they would not allow people to pass through the gate. So, I and my other colleagues who also came to work returned home because they locked the secretariat gate and prevented us from having access to our offices.”
A group of students were observed shouting solidarity songs outside the State Secretariat as reporters paid a visit to the building about 12 o’clock.
They also held banners with a variety of messages calling on the government to address their disputes with ASUU so that they may return to their respective campuses.